ITV wins at the 2017 PinkNews Awards!

ITV’s Lorraine and Coronation Street win for highlighting issues faced by the LGBT+ community

The PinkNews Awards celebrates the contributions of politicians, businesses, campaigners and community groups to improving LGBT+ life in the UK and beyond.

Now in it’s fifth year, the 2017 awards were bigger than ever with new categories and a more extensive shortlist of nominees.

We were proud that three of our programmes were nominated for the Broadcast/ Broadcaster of the Year award; Coronation Street, Loose Women and Lorraine. And it was Lorraine that came out victorious, winning the award alongside Maajid Nawaz from LBC radio.

Lorraine often uses her platform to bring to light issues faced by the LGBT+ community and highlights positive stories featuring LGBT people.Earlier this year Lorraine featured a trans dad who gave birth to his child, and sensitively allowed him to tell his story.

I’m so delighted to be nominated for this prestigious PinkNews Award.The LGBT community has always been so supportive of both me and my show and that means such a lot.

Lorraine Kelly, winner of Broadcaster of the Year award

Our successes didn’t stop there. Coronation Street was winner of the Ally Award alongside Dr Who. The soap has been commended for its sensitive portrayal of a number of LGBT+ issues in recent years.

Out gay actor Daniel Brocklebank was there to collect the award on the night. His character in the series, Billy Mayhew, is a gay vicar. Daniel has spoken openly about the abuse he has suffered off-screen for playing a gay vicar on the show and after his character adopted a child with his boyfriend. The show also famously featured Julie Hesmondhalgh as trans character Hayley Cropper and paid an emotional tribute to superfan Martyn Hett who was killed in the Manchester bombing earlier this year.

A big well done to all winners. Find out more about who they were here.